12232020 The Cardinals' Jenna Bonneau

The Cardinals’ Jenna Bonneau has her eye on the hoop during practice as New Hampshire gets ready for the opening of the season.

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott announced on Tuesday that Vermont high school sports activities can begin starting on Saturday, Dec. 26.

“We are returning to prior guidance, which means as long as you can be physically distant and wear a mask, you can participate in these activities” Scott said.

This announcement will allow local Vermont schools to begin conditioning and lets teams ramp up for an expecting start to the season which was scheduled to begin in mid-January.

To the east of the Connecticut River, if all goes according to plan, the New Hampshire basketball season will be underway in less than a month. Locally, Division III will consist of Stevens High School, Newport, Fall Mountain and Kearsarge while Sunapee and Mt. Royal will stick in Division IV . In addition to our local teams, Hanover, Mascoma and Lebanon will be in the mix for games with back to back contests against the same opponent used as much as possible. With work still to be done to the schedule, so far it looks like this.

The Ross Dole’s Newport Tigers and Keith Robert’s Kearsarge Lady Cougars will kick off the season on Marty Brown court in Sutton on Jan. 11 with a 5:30 p.m. tip-off while the boys first game will feature Bill Page’s Tigers hosting Nate Camp’s Kearsarge team with a 7 p.m. start on Jan. 12.

In Division IV, Mt. Royal is scheduled to host Sunapee girls for a 5:30 p.m. contest on Jan. 11 while Tim Puchtler will bring his Laker boys in for a 5:30 p.m. game on Jan. 14.

The Lady Wildcats will entertain Newport on Jan. 18 for a 5 p.m. game while the Cardinal boys will hit the floor on Jan. 19 when they travel to the “Sherb” to face the Lakers for a 6:30 p.m. tip-off while the Lady Cardinals host Sunapee at 6:30 p.m.

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